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Our Accelerator program graduates

Key facts about RISE

Women-oriented: one of the world’s first platform for the growth of women in terms of finances and profession.

Digital learning: partnered with global parenting experts to do video formats and train domestic women in UAE.

Finance institutions: partnered with them to give them bank accounts and the ability to invest in retirement plans.

Padmini Gupta


As the CEO of rise, Padmini is a natural leader. A former banker, now social entrepreneur, she works tirelessly to improve the lives and aspirations of millions of service workers in the Middle East. An advisor and supporter of several start-ups, she was invited to be a World Economic Forum Global Leadership Fellow. As Global Leadership Fellow, she developed public private partnership which allowed for development of guiding principles of the Gleneagles Dialogue on climate change for the G8, and creation of the smart cities programme, as well as the development of the initial roadmaps on the future of transportation.

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Milind Singh


Milind has nearly 20 years of experience in strategy, investment and business development experience in communications, technology, media and financial services across several continents. As rise's Co-Founder, he brings a wealth of expertise in emerging markets and turnaround of projects in challenging markets. Having developed Facebook’s strategy for connecting the unconnected and leading a team to launch Europe’s first mobile internet services, he is well poised to take this tech start up to success. He brings inspiration to the team - mi.

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Meet the mentors

Tarek Fouad